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Character Interview: Roman Citrano from Rudy Mazzocchi’s medical thriller, EQUITY of FEAR



We’re thrilled to have here today Roman Citrano from Rudy Mazzocchi’s second book in The EQUITY Series, titled EQUITY of FEAR.  Roman Citrano is a 46 year old Venture Capitalist living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so for this interview, Roman.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

“Well, after surviving as the main character in the first award-winning thriller in this series, EQUITY of EVIL, I felt privileged to play a supporting role to our leading character, Frank Moretti. I believe the author did a fine job portraying me in this novel, and was personally glad to see that I wasn’t the physical and emotional victim that I found myself to be in the first book. I’m still healing, but obviously had enough energy and determination to jump on another airplane to help out a fellow colleague.”

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

“I worried about this initially, because to really get to know me, you should read the first book in this series, but I think Mazzocchi provided sufficient background color in one of the early chapters, and I’m confident that my personality came through in my words and actions throughout the balance of the book.”

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

“Persistence, determination and loyalty; in my world, you can’t separate them… they’re actually one important trait.”

Worse trait?

“Ditto. Persistence, determination and loyalty. As much as they’ve helped me achieve what I have in my career, they also have gotten me into some tough situations. I don’t think you’d find any colleagues of mine that would disagree.”

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be?

“I guess my first pick would have to be George Clooney, then maybe that guy on Mad Men, Jon Hamm. Someone told me that Ben Affleck is actually reading the series, so maybe he’ll write the screenplay and write himself into the part.”

Do you have a love interest in the book?

“Yes, this is a potential spoiler, so all I should say is that she’s the same spectacular woman as in the first story, EQUITY of EVIL.”

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

“There’s a scene where our main character, Frank Moretti, meets with the bad guys to provide them the materials they demanded in exchange for the life of his son. Even though he’s prepared to hand over everything they’ve requested, things suddenly go from bad to worse. At that point, I wasn’t sure how any of this was going to turn out.”

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

“As much as I was there to support Frank, I definitely was so glad that the atrocities he encountered weren’t applied to my character! I’m not sure I could have gone through what he did.”

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away? 

“There seems to be a pattern forming with Mazzocchi’s novels. They tend to end as brutal as they begin. All I can really say is that I was pleased with the ending – it put closure to many things for many people.”

What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?

“You gotta give me a break! I’m not the young man I once was. My heart and soul is in what I do, but the body is starting to wear out.”

Thank you for this interview, Roman.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

“Yes, I know for a fact that Mazzocchi is in the process of completing research for his third book in this Series, called EQUITY of LIFE. There’s rumor that I’ll be playing another supporting role. I’ve also heard that this novel takes place in exotic locations throughout Europe. I’m looking forward to it! Let’s just hope that I survive yet another journey.


FEAR X1 Sm(451x640)Researchers and scientists in the U.S., Russia and Japan compete in a new technological race to control memories, fear, and pain in the minds of the world’s populace. At first the race is rooted in purely scientific ambitions, such as that of space travel or in the era of industrial revolution, but it evolves into something much more sinister.

Here is yet another dark world where scientists experiment on orphaned children rather than rhesus monkeys, where torture and pain become just another set of data points and lives are discarded for the sake of owning the ability to control how man perceives and processes fear.

AMAZON B&N / OmniLit



MazzocchiRudy is best known as a medical device and biotechnology entrepreneur, inventor, and angel investor, with a history of starting new technology ventures throughout the U.S. and Europe. He’s been privileged to have the opportunity to see the newest innovations in healthcare and work with some of the most brilliant researchers, scientists and physicians in the industry.

Authoring more than 50 patents, he has helped pioneer new companies involved in cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, ophthalmology and even embryonic stem-cell development. Through these efforts, he has become the recipient of many technology and business awards, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Healthcare and the Businessman of the Year Award.

Combining these experiences and opportunities, with thousands of hours of travel and long evenings in hotel rooms, he found the initiative to start writing a collection of medical thrillers based on true events, known as The EQUITY Series. The first book of which is entitled “EQUITY of EVIL” (released March 5, 2012), and the second entitled “EQUITY of FEAR” (released March 25, 2013).


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